Serie A club Torino director, Gianluca Petrachi has confirmed their interest in Manchester City outcast goalkeeper Joe Hart. The Italian club are pushing to qualify for the Europa League this season and believes that signing Hart will help them achieve their objective.
Hart is looking for a move away from the Etihad stadium with him now being the third choice goalkeeper for City. New manager Pep Guardiola is reportedly not happy with the player’s passing abilities and has hence gone on to sign Barcelona goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo as the club’s number one this summer, according to MailOnline.
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“The goalkeeper is an idea we wanted to follow. If it’s Hart, then good” Petrachi said, as reported by Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports.
Torino director Gianluca Petrachi admits they want Joe Hart: "The goalkeeper is an idea we wanted to follow. If it’s Hart, then good"
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 29, 2016
Willy Caballero has been started ahead of Hart by Pep Guardiola in all of City’s three Premier League matches until now. With incoming Bravo thrown into the mix, the only possible option for Hart to get regular first-team opportunities is to find himself a club elsewhere before the summer transfer window closes on August 31, 2016.
Previously, Premier League club Everton were interested in signing the England shot-stopper. However, Toffees manager, Ronald Koeman later confirmed that he has “no interest” in signing the player. With all of the top Premier League clubs having a settled first-team goalkeeper, Hart find himself in a difficult situation to sign for a club in his own country.
Although Hart’s passing abilities were mainly criticized for the player being dropped by Guardiola, it has been recently revealed that the player has become increasingly error prone in recent matches.
Joe Hart has made more defensive errors (16) since 2012/13 than any other Man City player; 13 leading to goals. pic.twitter.com/ECKSptNIgz
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 16, 2016
But, with two Premier League titles under his belt with City, the 29-year-old is hopeful of finding himself an employer before Wednesday night.
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